07/30/2011 4:37PM

Mucho Macho Man nearing a workout


Trainer Kathy Ritvo let Mucho Macho Man run down the lane a little bit over the Oklahoma training track on Friday, the first real strenuous bit of work he’s had since finishing a distant seventh following early trouble in the Belmont Stakes. Mucho Macho Man won the Grade 2 Risen Star earlier this winter as a prelude to his third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

“We just let him pick up the pace a little bit and stretch his legs,” said Ritvo. “I’ve been bringing him over to the Oklahoma training track once or twice a week to break things up for him a little bit. It’s nice and quiet there and he seems to handle the track well. He’ll probably have his first serious work in about a week, although I haven’t decided whether it will be at Oklahoma or on the main track.”

Ritvo said she has not picked out a race for Mucho Macho Man’s return.

“It’s just too early to start looking for a race just yet,” said Ritvo.”